Saturday, November 5, 2016

Gentle Domesticity BOM block 11...

I've been patiently waiting to share this block with you because it's one of my favourites this year.

The inspiration behind "welcome to my home" was my best friend, Heather, though she had no idea at all.

A highlight each few weeks is driving north to visit her tropical hideaway and spending the day totally relaxed in her company - sewing, laughing, discussing life concerns, sharing recipes, enjoying cake, coffee and simple lunches - knowing without doubt that I am "welcome" and our friendship is cherished. 

I can count my true friends on one hand, so being welcomed into Heather's life and home is a gift I value greatly.

Perhaps you have a special friend you could stitch this block for? Add some fabric borders, or place it in the centre of a patchwork block, and you could finish it as a sweet pillow. Wouldn't that be a beautiful "just because" gift?

Here's a few helps and ideas as you plan the pieces of block 11...

Download this free pattern here in my shop.
It will be free until December 4th, after which it will become a $2 purchase.

Yesterday was the first time in 6 weeks Heather and I had been able to catch up so our time together was extra special with plenty of news to share, things to show, and ideas to bounce off each other. 

Over the past year or so she has been spreading a wonderfully calm blue/white/cream palette through the kitchen and dining area. When you're in that area of her home the sense of 'rest and relaxation' is quite tangible - her entire home is restful actually, but visually, the blue & white colour scheme she is creating has a profound effect on the senses. 

Gradually I have seen small vignettes appear here and there, some things she has made, others collected, but they come together beautifully...

Simple but life giving words to take in each day, stitched and displayed so they're not forgotten...

Everything about Heather's house says "welcome to my home".

That's what I'd like my home to say as the door swings wide to a visitor.
Something to think about over the end of year break.

have a blessed weekend,


  1. Thank you for another beautiful block, Jenny. I love the lace on the windows! It's funny but I never think of blue for a kitchen. Heather's looks lovely. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Christine xx

  2. Thanks for Block 11! Another block to enjoy making!
    Take care,

  3. Thank you Jenny for this lovely pattern. Your friend Heather's home is truly inspirational and so very peaceful. Thank you both for sharing. Guida

  4. Heathers home is really charming and so is the block you stitched in her honour. just lovely.

  5. I love Heather's home and can see some similar wall colours to mine. Unfortunately, I lack the beautiful space she has . Her vignettes are adorable. Oh how I long for wall spaces and shelves. LOL. Your new block is so very sweet and I love the little ideas you have given us too. Thankyou for your ongoing inspiration and for sharing such beautiful projects with us. Your blog always brings a smile to my face. Angel Hugs.

  6. Thank you very much for another nice block.
    Heather's house is wonderful. Thank her for show, and to you for sharing your photos. I think you two together are a great team of friends. Thank you for taking us for a while on your computer through Internet. With You two do I feel welcome. Thank you very much for that. God bless you.

  7. Bellísimo bloque Jenny Gracias por compartirlo. La casa de tu amiga... todo un sueño. Para mi es impensable una cocina blanca, pero la de ella parece de exposición Bendiciones y besos para ambas.

  8. A lovely post Jenny and a beautiful block - thank you. xx

  9. Thank you for another beautiful block Jenny, I look forward to stitching over the coming days.

  10. Thanks for an eye-opener on this. I have a lot of blue in my house, but I also have other colors that could really go away and make it better. I love this month's block! Thank you for another beautiful design. You can count me on your toes. I don't care, as long as I get counted as a friend. =)

  11. Thank you ...thank you so much Jenny !

  12. A desire for every home .... to be welcoming : ) Thank you Jenny for all you do to encourage that. Janita

  13. Thank you sew very much Jenny Dear. I love this block of Welcome. I have always loved blue and white and your friend Heather's home decor is relaxing and beautiful.

  14. Love this beautiful block Jenny! Thank you so much for sharing it. So glad you had a lovely time with your friend! Have a lovely weekend! Christine x

  15. Hi Jenny

    Thanks for the beautiful block. Your friend Heather's home is lovely and restful and I can see why you enjoy visits with her.
    Given your generous personality I am sure that your home says 'welcome'
    to all who visit!!


    Kerrie (Kezzie)

  16. Thank you so much for another wonderful block, I shall look forward to stitching it very soon.

  17. Muchas gracias por el nuevo bloque, siempre ideal¡¡
    Un beso Nora


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